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How to Change Concentration for Current Kinesiology Students

If students wish to change their concentration (Physical Education or Exercise & Movement Science), students must follow the general procedures on how to apply to Kinesiology majors. Please visit for guidelines on how to apply to Kinesiology majors.

Exercise & Movement Sciences

Exercise & Movement Sciences Curriculum

The concentration in Exercise & Movement Sciences serves students interested in biomechanics, exercise physiology, motor control, motor learning and development, sport and exercise psychology, sport history, sport sociology, at-risk youth development, and physical or occupational therapy.

Emphasis Areas:

Movement Science

Study of human movement from the perspective of the mover/performer (the status of performer, their abilities and characteristics), the task, what the mover is trying to accomplish (the goal of the movement or task and expected outcome), and the environmental conditions in which the task is performed.

Exercise Science

Study of human movement from the physiological perspective including the understanding the factors that influence work performance, training programs, adaptations including the reduction of risk factor for medical conditions such as coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, adult-onset diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis, as well as special conditions such as pregnancy and thither hyopkinetic illness, or adaptations that are effective youth, aged and disabled populations.

Social Science

Study of physical activity using theoretical and methodological approaches from sociology, history, cultural studies, pedagogy, psychology, youth development and philosophy focusing on the context in which activity occurs. Supports an understanding of the meanings and experiences of all forms of human physical activity for individuals and groups across the life span, from children and youth to older individuals across all forms of physical activity.

Physical Education

Physical Education Curriculum

The BS Degree in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Physical Education prepares students for advanced studies in physical education for elementary, middle and high schools and entry into a teaching credential program and graduate related studies. This course of studies satisfies state requirements for the Subject Matter Program in Physical Education and for departmental standards of competence in the subject matter of Physical Education.

Adapted Physical Education- Added Authorization

Adapted physical education is an individualized program of developmental activities, exercises, games, rhythms, and sport designed to meet the unique physical education needs of individuals with disabilities. Adapted physical education is an active program of physical. It supports the attainment of the benefits of physical activity by meeting the needs of students who might otherwise be relegated to passive experiences. In establishing adapted physical education programs, educators work with parents, students, teachers, administrators, and professionals in various disciplines. Adapted physical education may employ developmental, community-based, or other orientations and may use a variety of teaching styles. It takes place in schools and other agencies responsible for educating individuals. (From Adapted Physical Education and Sport, Joseph P. Winnick, ed., Human Kinetics Publisher.)

Specialist Credential in Adapted Physical Education can be achieved by completing the courses along with the Subject Matter Credential in Physical Education

Prerequisites (12 units)

KIN 487 -Motor Development (3 Units)

KIN 485 Biomechanics (3 Units)

KIN 580 Instructional Strategies for Middle and High School PE, Grades 6-12 (3 units)

KIN 581 Practicum in Middle and High School Physical Education (1 units)

A instructional analysis course upon the advisor’s approval (2 units)

Recommended Course Schedule:

  • Fall Semester: KIN 536, KIN 539
  • Spring Semester: KIN 537, KIN 538, KIN 630


APE AA Contacts

Department of Kinesiology

APA Coordinator and Advisor

PE Program Coordinator

Undergraduate Academic Advisor:


Graduate College of Education

Credential Services/Teacher Preparation Center

Phone #    415-405-3594



Minor In Athletic Coaching (currently unavailable)

The minor in Athletic Coaching provides a knowledge and skills base for coaching school, club, and comunity athletic teams.